A friend surprised me with a gift of a Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker, so I am jumping right in despite being a complete novice. Hopefully this will cut down on my spend at the local BBQ joint. I picked up Jeff's book, subscribed to the 5-day course and am already planning some mods to the smoker once it shows up next week. Adding a gasket, fireplace caulk around the firebox, maybe some Rustoleum fireplace paint to help keep the rust off. With the cold Chicago winters, maybe some insulation? Anyway, I am sure I will have a lot of questions and thanks in advance for all the help.